As part of Startup Chippewa Valley Week, this year’s pitch event competition, Hatch, went off without a hitch! The CEDC was thrilled to see so many members of the community attend and support a great Chippewa Valley entrepreneurial event. Over 80 people attended the 2022 event which keeps growing, keeping competition steep amongst the participants. There were 11 contestants selected out of nearly 30 entrepreneurs that applied to pitch their business ideas in front of the judges. The HATCH Business PITCH Competition utilized stakeholders from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Red Letter Grant, COLAB, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation, and St. Croix Business Innovation Center to identify top entrepreneur contestants for the competition. Esteemed local business leaders - Jamie Leibrandt of Northwestern Bank, Susan Marcott of Applied Data [...]
If there were ever a year to shop small for Christmas, 2020 is it. This year has been unprecedented, chaotic, and frightening for Americans in a lot of ways. But since March, the year's upheavals have had a severe impact on small businesses, especially those in the Chippewa Valley. CCEDC would like to reminder everyone to shop small this year! Now more than ever our local businesses in the Chippewa Valley need us this season. As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increase across Wisconsin, leading us to crack down again on business and social gatherings, there's a chance that small businesses could face another huge hit, both before and during the Christmas season. The holidays might look a little different this year; however, we can still share joy by shopping small and supporting our [...]
Good news for all our small businesses in the Chippewa Valley and Wisconsin that offer ecommerce and shipping options – the MainStreetWI.com online retail portal is expanding statewide. The portal, launched in June for participants in WEDC’s Main Street and Connect Communities programs, will be expanded! This campaign will include additional media and social media tools and resources which will be released on November 16th, but in advance of this launch, WEDC is hoping to identify additional businesses that should be added to the site to allow Wisconsinites to shop local when they are shopping online this holiday season. Surveys show that more than 70% of consumers plan to do at least some online shopping this year, and WEDC would like to make it easier to identify and purchase goods online from local [...]
Across the country, state governors and officials are making it known that Manufacturing Month is well underway, even in the face of changes to the celebrations because of COVID-19. The manufacturing industry is a vital part of Wisconsin's economy, employing more than 475,000 Wisconsinites, accounting for 19 percent of gross domestic products, and contributing over $63 billion to Wisconsin's economy. Due to retirements and economic expansion, there will be significant opportunities for employment in Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry, underscoring the need to ensure a robust talent pipeline now and in the years to come. Manufacturing Month helps to promote manufacturing as a viable career in Wisconsin, build awareness of the contributions of manufacturing businesses, and help future generations to explore career opportunities in manufacturing. Throughout the month, manufacturers will be opening their doors to communities [...]
The Wanish family will tell you that they are proud to produce 100% pure maple syrup near Colfax, Wisconsin. But, they will also tell you that the new budding entrepreneur in the family, with a mind set on success and dedication to harvesting is 16-year-old Will Wanish. Wanish in 2018, started tapping trees and making maple syrup with his uncle, Jon, who has been tapping trees for 20 years. After that season he was hooked and decided to start his own business and Wanish Sugar Bush LLC was born in 2019. His parents, Todd and Heather Wanish, have continuously encouraged his diligent work ethic and are proud of what he has accomplished. Wanish said the decision to get into the syrup business came after the roots of the business were established in the [...]
Do you have a product made, sourced or grown in the U.S. that belongs on store shelves across the country? Well, Walmart is serving up a chance at the big break you’ve been looking for. The application process for Walmart’s seventh annual Open Call is open, and the company invites entrepreneurs dreaming of landing their U.S.-manufactured products on Walmart shelves to apply for the opportunity to meet with Walmart buyers on Oct. 1, 2020 via virtual pitch meetings. Walmart started the Open Call event back in 2013 after announcing a commitment to purchase $250 billion in American-made products by 2023. The company estimates that the initiative will create up to 1 million new jobs in direct manufacturing and the support and service sectors. While finding products that fulfill the needs of Walmart's customers [...]
Join in on the fun and come cheer on your favorite entrepreneur at Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) Regional HATCH competition on October 17th, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm at Cowboy Jack's Saloon! RSVP as seats are filling up quickly and you won't want to miss this wild west showdown in the Chippewa Valley. There are still a few open seats so reserve yours at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (715)723-7150.
CCEDC is proud to promote the Red Letter Grant - hurry! Application deadline is Oct 14th! for risk takers, movers + shakers | ELIGIBILITY | Open to women throughout nine counties in Western Wisconsin who want to start a NEW business. We will consider applications from existing women-owned businesses looking to expand, but preference is given to applicants in the start-up phase. Eligible counties include: Buffalo, Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Saint Croix and Trempealeau. | HOW MUCH | Four $2,000 grants will be awarded in the spring and the fall ($16,000 annually). In addition, each grant recipient will receive a $250 print credit from Ambient Inks and promotion in Volume One - both generously donated by both businesses. As of fall 2019 - two awardees will be offered a three-month [...]